Thursday, November 12, 2009

REVIEW: Deep In The Heart Of Trouble by DeeAnn Gist

DeeAnn Gist has won my heart once again with her novel “Deep In The Heart Of Trouble”. All I have to do is see this author’s name on the spine of a book and it becomes mystically attached to my hand until I’ve placed it on the checkout counter to pay for it! It’s taken me a while to pull this novel off of my shelf at home, though. I think it’s because I was having a difficult time with the lead character’s name – Essie Spreckelmeyer. It is quite a mouthful, and I sometimes trip in my reading when there’s a very long name in the text. This happens to many of us when we try to read several Old Testament passages. Doesn’t it? But that very name has added another charming dimension to this thoroughly satisfying read!

Anyway, I’ve barely begun reading this story of Essie and her father, Judge Spreckelmeyer, who own Sullivan Oil in Corsicana, Texas, and I am thoroughly engrossed in this story. Tony comes to Sullivan Oil from Beaumont, Texas with apparently no field experience in the oil business, but many wonderful ideas because of his years spent in the back office of Morgan Oil. What the Spreckelmeyers don’t know is that Tony is the disinherited son of Morgan Oil’s founder. When the Morgan patriarch dies leaving Tony with not even a roof over his head, the young Morgan changes his name and seeks make a name for himself some other way.

This story is full of strong characters, incredibly crafted visuals and a well-plotted dramatic storyline, laced with humor and romance. It is a wonderful way to spend a long lazy weekend in a hammock or in a favorite chair in front of a fire. Set yourself up to read this book with minimal interruptions as you will not want to put it down once you’ve picked it up.

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